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vicuña

noun vi·cu·ña \vi-ˈkün-yə, vī-; vī-ˈkü-nə, və-, -ˈkyü-\

Simple Definition of vicuña

  • : a large South American animal that produces wool which is used for clothing

Full Definition of vicuña

  1. 1 :  a wild ruminant (Vicugna vicugna syn. Lama vicugna) of the Andes from Peru to Argentina that is related to the llama and alpaca

  2. 2 a :  the wool from the vicuña's fine lustrous undercoat b :  a fabric made of vicuña wool; also :  a sheep's wool imitation of this

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Variants of vicuña

or vi·cu·na play \vi-ˈkün-yə, vī-; vī-ˈkü-nə, və-, -ˈkyü-\

Origin of vicuña

Spanish vicuña, from Quechua wik'uña


First Known Use: 1604

Rhymes with vicuña


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